Substance abuse counselors are required to successfully complete 40 hours of continuing education courses in the first full biennium after they are licensed. The biennium begins on 3/1/ of each odd-numbered year and ends on 2/28/odd.
Please Note: Continuing education is not required to renew your license the first time. See SPS 168.01
The department does not pre-approve continuing education programs. If the courses satisfy the requirements of administrative code SPS 166.09 and SPS 166.10, the department is able to accept them as part of a continuing education program.
The department is able to accept the following courses relevant to the professional practice of substance use disorder counseling, clinical supervision, and prevention work:
continuing education courses, undergraduate courses, and graduate-level courses
...if the above courses are presented by:
an accredited college or university; or a local or national professional substance use disorder association; or other professional mental health or medical health-related organizations.
NOTE: Continuing education requirements do not apply to the biennium in which the license was first issued. See SPS 168.01
Biennium: 3/1/odd – 2/28/odd